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Heikki Savolainen

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 1
Bronze 6
Total 9
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameHeikki Ilmari•Savolainen
Used nameHeikki•Savolainen
Born28 September 1907 in Joensuu (FIN)
Died29 November 1997 in Kajaani (FIN)
Measurements172 cm / 62-66 kg
NOC(s) Finland

Biography

Heikki Savolainen had a very long career as a gymnast. He competed in five Olympics and won at least one medal in every Olympics he participated. Savolainen made his international début at the 1928 Olympics, where he won bronze on pommelled horse. In 1932, Savolainen won a silver on high bar and three bronzes (individual all-around, parallel bars and team event). At the 1936 Olympics, Savolainen won a bronze in the team event, a feat he repeated at the 1952 Olympics. The most successful Olympics for Savolainen were 1948, where he won golds on pommelled horse and in the team event, and was selected to recite the athletes’ oath at the Opening Ceremony. At the World Championships, Savolainen was less successful than at the Olympic Games, winning only a team silver in 1950. Domestically, Savolainen won six Finnish individual all-around titles between 1928-37 and 20 Finnish gymnastics titles in all between 1928-50. By profession, Savolainen was a medical doctor. From 1932-37, he also worked for Suomen Urheilulehti (Finnish sports magazine). From 1946-59 he was the vice-president of the Finnish Gymnastics Federation, and from 1946-56 he was the president of Kajaanin Voimistelijat.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1928 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) Individual All-Around, Men Olympic =6 Representing Finland    
  Team All-Around, Men Olympic Finland 5
  Horse Vault, Men Olympic =16
  Parallel Bars, Men Olympic =17
  Horizontal Bar, Men Olympic 13
  Rings, Men Olympic 12
  Pommelled Horse, Men Olympic 3 Bronze
1932 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) Individual All-Around, Men Olympic 3 Bronze Representing Finland    
  Team All-Around, Men Olympic Finland 3 Bronze
  Floor Exercise, Men Olympic 6
  Horse Vault, Men Olympic 10
  Parallel Bars, Men Olympic 3 Bronze
  Horizontal Bar, Men Olympic 2 Silver
  Rings, Men Olympic 7
  Pommelled Horse, Men Olympic 7
1936 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) Individual All-Around, Men Olympic 9 Representing Finland    
  Team All-Around, Men Olympic Finland 3 Bronze
  Floor Exercise, Men Olympic 9
  Horse Vault, Men Olympic 38
  Parallel Bars, Men Olympic 7
  Horizontal Bar, Men Olympic 5
  Rings, Men Olympic 8
  Pommelled Horse, Men Olympic 36
1948 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) Individual All-Around, Men Olympic 14 Representing Finland    
  Team All-Around, Men Olympic Finland 1 Gold
  Floor Exercise, Men Olympic 58
  Horse Vault, Men Olympic =48
  Parallel Bars, Men Olympic 6
  Horizontal Bar, Men Olympic 29
  Rings, Men Olympic 8
  Pommelled Horse, Men Olympic =1 Gold
1952 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) Individual All-Around, Men Olympic 29 Representing Finland    
  Team All-Around, Men Olympic Finland 3 Bronze
  Floor Exercise, Men Olympic =101
  Horse Vault, Men Olympic =102
  Parallel Bars, Men Olympic =54
  Horizontal Bar, Men Olympic 4
  Rings, Men Olympic =19
  Pommelled Horse, Men Olympic =8

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